British Cycling has launched the first part of its partnership with Shell UK, a programme to get more disabled people into cycling.
The programme, called Limitless, aims to provide opportunities for 5,000 disabled riders to participate in club activities and 50 new competitive para-cycling events.
It will also support the development of five riders to represent Great Britain at the 2028 Paralympics.
BC said the programme would be deliver thorough a national network of 20 clubs that have been accredited for their inclusion commitment. Six of those clubs have been invited to apply for funding for specialist equipment, coaching and events to support disabled riders.
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The national governing body declined to reveal, when asked by CW , how much funding was behind the programme, saying only it was its biggest ever investment in disabled people’s sport.
The programme represents the first concrete actions under BC’s partnership with Shell , which was first announced last autumn.At that time there was a backlash to the involvement of the oil and gas giant in the sport. Just last month Extinction Rebellion staged a protest at the British Track National Championships in Newport, Wales.Last week in an exclusive interview with Cycling Weekly , British cycling chair Frank Slevin reiterated that there would be real benefits form the partnership. “It’s up to us to prove now that the benefits of the partnership are real. I would say that if we were to do it again, certain aspects of our strategy should have been clearer at the […]
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